According to some reports, Apple is scaling back its plans to build self-driving cars. The company would rather be focusing on the software and technology for autonomous vehicles. A few months back, Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook in an interview to Bloomberg has disclosed that the company was “focusing on autonomous systems” but didn’t go into details.
The company was working on a project named “Titan” which aimed at building self-driving car. But due to lack of vision of the end product the company has decided to shift its focus from creating a self-driving Apple car to creating technology for a car that someone else builds.
Recently, Apple has got permission from the California Department of Motor Vehicles to test autonomous driving technology in three 2015 Lexus RX 450h sport utility vehicles. The vehicle will have a safety driver monitoring the car during testing.
The company is also focussing on its new effort called PAIL, short for Palo Alto to Infinite Loop, the address of the company’s main office in Cupertino, California, and a few miles down the road from Palo Alto, California. Under this, Apple’s testing vehicles will carry employees between its various Silicon Valley offices.
Many companies are working on driverless technology but no one has been able to figure out how to cash in yet. The Google self-driving spinoff Waymo too has made it clear that it does not plan to produce its own vehicles.